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Children’s Memorial Physician Co-Authors New Pediatric Guidelines for Cardiovascular Health

Children with high cholesterol are more likely to develop heart disease as adults. For this reason, all children should be screened for high cholesterol at least once between the ages 9 and 11 years, and again between 17 and 21 years of age, according to the new guidelines sponsored by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health. Irwin Benuck, MD, PhD, Division Head of Community-based Primary Care Pediatrics at Children’s Memorial Hospital, was on the national expert panel that issued the guidelines after reviewing available evidence.

Children’s Memorial Expands Its Fertility Preservation Program and Performs First Ovarian Harvest

Children's Memorial is expanding its fertility preservation services to its young cancer patients and their families. Marleta Reynolds, MD, Chief of Surgery, and Julian Schink, MD, from Northwestern Memorial Hospital, performed the hospital’s first ovarian harvest on a female patient who was about to undergo aggressive chemotherapy and radiation. Read more about the fertility program's expansion and first ovarian harvest »

Effective Warm-up by Athletes can Reduce Injuries

A research team led by Cynthia LaBella, MD, Medical Director of the Institute for Sports Medicine at Children’s Memorial Hospital implemented a program in Chicago public high schools that sought to determine the effectiveness of coach-led neuromuscular warm-up to reduce lower extremity injuries in female athletes. The results, published in the November 2011 issue of Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine show that athletes whose coaches learned the techniques had a 38 percent reduction in ankle sprains, a 30 percent reduction in knee sprains and
a 20 percent reduction in ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injuries.

New Type of Hearing Implant Surgery Performed at Children’s Memorial

Nancy M. Young, MD, Head, Section of Otology/Neurotology and Medical Director, Audiology & Cochlear Implant Programs, recently performed the first Alpha 1 bone conduction hearing implantation in the youngest child in Illinois. The Alpha 1 system consists of a magnetic implant surgically placed into the skull behind the ear and then an externally worn, sound processor that contains a battery and microphone attaches to the head via magnets. This two inch device is a member of a class of hearing implants that send sound energy through the bone directly to the inner ear, a mechanism referred to as “bone conduction”. The Alpha 1 System received approval from the FDA in June of 2011 for use in children and adults 5 years of age and older.

MicroRNAs Has Been Shown to Repress SHIP-1 Protein Levels Expression

The myelodysplastic syndromes, or MDS, are a heterogeneous group of hematological disorders with poorly understood pathophysiology according to Seth J. Corey, MD, MPH, Director of Oncology Research and attending physician, Hematology/Oncology These disorders are characterized by multistage progression from cytopenias to AML (acute myeloid leukemia). In the early stages, an exaggerated apoptosis is displayed but weakens as it evolves into AML. Overexpression of SHIP-1 inhibits myeloid leukemia growth. The microRNAs miR-155 and miR-210 suppress the expression of SHIP-1 protein, and measurement of these molecules could serve as biomarkers for MDS becoming more malignant.
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March 2012
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1,000th Stem Cell Transplant Performed
Children's Memorial reached a medical milestone recently with its 1,000th stem cell transplant.
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Epilepsy is More Than Seizures
Research is underway to help develop a comprehensive plan of care for epilepsy patients that goes beyond treating epileptic seizures.
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